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Japanese cookie tins are treasure troves of forest flavors

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When you're hungering for a cookie in Japan, you might head for the closest convenience store and pick up something like Fujiya's "Country Ma'am" chocolate chip cookies or classics like Glico's "Bisco" butter cookies, but when you want to offer some very special cookies as a gift, many people go… Read

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How to get your child to fall in love with Japanese food

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So, you’ve just moved to Japan and want to get adventurous with the local cuisine, but your little one just can’t bear the thought of it?! Been there, done that — and I know I’m not the only one. At our first sushi-go-round dinner upon moving to Japan, when my… Read

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France's Dijon opens unique gastronomy complex

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Devotees of French food and wine can flock to a new temple following the opening Friday of a gastronomy and wine complex in the capital of France's central Burgundy region, Dijon. "It's astounding. It's a marriage of gastronomy, wine, culture and education," said former French president Francois Hollande during whose… Read

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We try new improved egg salad sandwiches at FamilyMart

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If you haven't heard by now, compared to the kinds of sandwiches you'll find in convenience stores in most parts of the world, Japanese convenience store sandwiches are exceptionally good. Made with fluffy white shokupan milk bread, crusts removed and shaped into perfect triangles, they're hard to resist. And while you'll find… Read

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Muji is selling sake, and it’ll make drinkers feel good in more ways than one

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Mujirushi Ryohin, also known as Muji, is completely committed to the comprehensive nature of being a lifestyle brand. It’s hard to think of another store you can walk into and buy not only furniture for every room in your home, but a complete wardrobe of clothing to fill the closets, plus… Read

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Pancakes inspired by 'Evangelion' characters are the perfect desserts for lovers of classic anime

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We’ve seen some very impressive character-inspired desserts over the years, including Disney cake sets and even Sanrio character doughnuts. But the collaboration between Japanese pancake specialist store Butter and classic anime "Evangelion," which started this month, has resulted in some unexpected offerings. This includes Nerv headquarters-shaped curry. And even a pancake featuring Asuka’s… Read

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We visit the new Japan branch of Wayback Burgers, try their vegan set, notice a big problem

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In the fierce battle of burgers in Japan, a new contender has entered the field: the American burger shop Wayback Burgers. This New England-based, fast-casual burger shop just opened its first-ever branch in Japan in the Omotesando neighborhood of Tokyo in March of this year. Wayback Burgers may be based out of Connecticut,… Read

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7-Eleven now has make-it-yourself smoothies in Japan, and they’re amazing

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There’s a lot of competition between the top convenience store chains in Japan, which is great for us as that means we’re constantly being treated to exciting new products exclusive to each store. The latest product to entice us is one from 7-Eleven, and though not a lot of people… Read

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No-bake strawberry shortcake: How to make a Japanese cake without an oven

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As a Brit, I’ve always thought of strawberries as a summer fruit, but it’s hard to tell in Japan. They are grown as early as December and are in season until June. Around this time, the country goes bananas for strawberry treats—especially shortcake. Why shortcake and not strawberry milkshakes or something? There… Read

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Deep-fried delight – Taste testing 'menchi katsu' from four Japanese convenience store chains

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There’s lots of tempting stuff inside Japanese convenience stores, but our willpower gets especially low when we’re near the case of fried foods that they cook up right there in the store. Recently, we found ourselves in no mood to even try to resist our craving for mincemeat cutlets, or menchi katsu as they’re… Read

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